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Play by the Rules

first_imgPlease find below the Play By The Rules poster and flyer.Play By The Rules PosterPlay By The Rules FlyerFor more information on Play By The Rules, please visit their website.To learn how to promote Play By The Rules: Click Here.Play By The Rules CoursesCourses to Create Safer Sporting EnvironmentsThe Australian Sports Commission in conjunction with Play By the Rules have developed two free courses that are available for all members. The complaint handling course is a four hour online course that provides a thorough step by step guide to resolving complaints.This course, with the Play By The Rules resources – http://www.playbytherules.net.au are great sources of information to anyone who has responsibility for managing a complaint. Umpires, grounds people, presidents or administrators at any level in sport will gain some value from completing the seven interactive modules that can be accessed online.The Member Protection Information Officer (MPIO) Course, once a two day workshop, is now only four hours online with a three to four hour workshop available in every state. To learn more about the value of an MPIO to your club, state or national association and how to access the training to become an MPIO go to http://www.ausport.gov.au/supporting/integrity_in_sport. Play By The Ruleslast_img read more

9 months agoMan Utd leave Alexis at home for Spurs trip

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Man Utd leave Alexis at home for Spurs tripby Paul Vegas9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveAlexis Sanchez is out of Manchester United’s squad for the trip to Tottenham.The Manchester Evening News says Sanchez was one of nine players missing from the United squad that travelled to London by train on Saturday.The Chilean limped out of his side’s 2-0 FA Cup win over Reading with a hamstring problem and doesn’t appear to have recovered in time.Chris Smalling, Eric Bailly, Antonio Valencia, Matteo Darmian and Marouane Fellaini were also missing.One man that has travelled is Paul Pogba. The Frenchman was initially a doubt for the fixture after picking up a knock against Reading. last_img

11 days agoHendrick admits no Europa League has helped Burnley

first_imgAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Hendrick admits no Europa League has helped Burnleyby Freddie Taylor11 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveBurnley midfielder Jeff Hendrick has admitted that not needing to play in the Europa League is helping his side.The Clarets struggled last season as they had to cope with additional European games.It caused them to have a very poor start to the season, which lead to a relegation battle for much of the campaign.But they have started brighter this term, and Hendrick thinks he knows why.”We’ve progressed but I think last year was a bit different,” the midfielder told reporters.”I know it was frustrating for us as players and maybe the fans, staff and everyone.”At the start of the season, with the games we had, it was difficult, it was tiring.”I was talking to my friend at Wolves when we played them and I said, ‘How are you getting on with the European football?’ and he just said he’s constantly tired.”Without even knowing, the travelling does take it out of you and that’s what happened with us last year.”Even when we were out of that, we tried to pick the performances up, but it didn’t work.”Eventually we sat down, we all got on the same track and the performances started to pick up and we got some points on the board, which we did need at the back end of last year.” last_img read more

Nike Releases New Uniforms For Kentucky, Duke, Syracuse, Florida, Arizona, Oregon, UConn And Baylor

first_imgAn overhead shot of Rupp Arena during a game.LEXINGTON, KY – NOVEMBER 14: A general view of the Kentucky Wildcats game against the Grand Canyon Antelopes at Rupp Arena on November 14, 2014 in Lexington, Kentucky. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)We’re just one month away from March Madness, so naturally, the apparel manufacturers are starting to debut new uniforms for the top college basketball teams. Nike unveiled eight new uniforms Friday – six for men’s teams, two for women’s teams.The men’s squads for Kentucky, Duke, Syracuse, Florida, Arizona and Oregon got new Nike Hyper Elite’s for the stretch run. UConn and Baylor’s women’s teams were were also part of the release. A number of teams, including the Blue Devils, will debut them this weekend. From Nike:Each school’s home uniform will feature a white base with school-specific color lettering and a 26-degree speed graphic of an iconic symbol of each school across the side of the game short. The 26-degree angle of each school’s graphic was inspired by the chevron on the classic Nike Windrunner track jacket that debuted in 1978. Each graphic represents a distinctive basketball point of view, based on the roughly 1,000 directional changes, or “cuts” that a player might make in the course of a game.Here are some shots of the new digs.New Nike uniforms for Kentucky, Duke, Syracuse, Florida, Arizona, Oregon, UConn, & Baylor pic.twitter.com/q6HykfdiCr— Heidi Burgett (@heidiburgett) February 20, 2015Road to March is paved with @nikebasketball Hyper Elite Unis for 8 teams. Debuting this wkd. http://t.co/7ryu7iCz2S pic.twitter.com/cgXspbt3yA— Brian Strong (@briangstrong) February 20, 2015The new Disruption uniform set from Nike! Will wear when Syracuse visits Cameron. pic.twitter.com/sV0EvMGWod— Duke Basketball (@dukeblueplanet) February 20, 2015Check out the brand new @Nike Hyper Elite uniforms we will wear vs. Virginia on Senior Day 3/2! #CuseMode pic.twitter.com/qjz5Fdb6MB— Syracuse Basketball (@Cuse_MBB) February 20, 2015College basketball fans – what do you think?last_img read more

Some kids may be sensitive or allergic to certain sunscreen ingredients doctors

first_imgTORONTO – It’s summer, the kids are out of school, and that means getting them outside — to the playground, the sports field, or lakeside at a cottage or camp. But such activities also mean exposure to the sun and the damage its penetrating rays can do to children’s tender and vulnerable skin.Dermatologists say sunscreen can be one of the best ways to protect youngsters from painful burns and subsequent DNA damage, but with recent media reports about a spate of adverse reactions, many parents may be wondering whether they should be slathering their kids with the products before sending them outdoors.“Overall, sunscreens are very safe,” said Dr. Jennifer Beecker, national chairwoman of the Canadian Dermatology Association’s sun awareness program, noting that they need to have a sun protection factor, or SPF, of 30 or more.Still, the Ottawa dermatologist said sunscreen should be used as an adjunct to other protective measures, including seeking shade, avoiding sun exposure during the peak hours of 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., and covering up with clothing, a hat and sunglasses.“Those are always the preferred methods in children and those are the ideal methods in children under the age of six months,” she explained. Sunscreen is not recommended for babies under six months because safety data have not been established for that age group.“Above six months, obviously (apply sunscreen) as much as possible, but then there are some areas that can’t be protected, such as the hands or the face, and so in those areas we suggest using a limited amount of sunscreen.”Concerns about using sunscreen on young children recently hit the headlines when a number of parents claimed their youngsters had suffered burns and blisters following application of Banana Boat products.As of last week, Health Canada had processed 139 consumer complaints about the lotions made by U.S.-based Edgewell Personal Care, with 133 of those received since May 11.A Health Canada spokesperson said a review of the company’s certificates of analysis — laboratory documents confirming a product meets specifications — and available test results identified no problems.However, the agency is now conducting its own screening of Banana Boat samples to identify “all drugs present, whether they appear on the label or not,” the spokesperson said. Analysis to quantify all active ingredients is also underway.In an emailed statement, Banana Boat Canada said its sunscreens fall within a neutral pH range and cannot cause chemical burns, but noted that some people may have a sensitivity to a particular ingredient that can be triggered or exacerbated by the sun.“This type of photoallergic reaction can result in an exaggerated skin rash or sunburn. In more severe cases, blistering may also develop,” the company said. “We suggest consumers carefully test the product before use or consult their physician in advance if concerned about the possibility of sensitivity to certain ingredients.”Dr. Cheryl Rosen, a dermatologist at Toronto Western Hospital, agreed that testing a sunscreen on a small patch of a child’s skin is a good idea. If the product is tolerated, parents can then try the lotion on a larger area of the skin and see if there are any adverse reactions outdoors in the sun.“We don’t know whether they would react to the sunscreen if they didn’t go out in the sun or if it’s only in combination with the sun,” she said.“We do know that there are some compounds that can cause a problem in combination with ultraviolet A, so if you use the product (indoors) … you might not have a problem. But if you go outdoors and get sun exposure, there may be a reaction.”While not a common occurrence, Rosen said some people are sensitive to one or more ingredients in sunscreens.“It could also be an allergy to a part of the sunscreen that’s not a UV absorber. It could be to a fragrance or a preservative or some other compound used in making up a lotion or a cream.”Beecker advises parents to use sunscreens for kids that are fragrance-free and made with minimal preservatives. One common skin product preservative she suggests avoiding is methylchloroisothiazolinone, which is known “to have a very high rate of allergy.”Cosmetic creams, including sunscreens like Banana Boat, often contain tocopheryl acetate — a combination of vitamin E and acetic acid that can be a skin irritant in some people.Even so-called “natural” plant-based ingredients like aloe, chamomile and feverfew may cause problems because they can act as “photo sensitizers,” causing some people to become more susceptible to the sun’s rays.“I have a big problem with (them) because we see so many reactions … people become allergic all the time,” said Beecker.But despite the potential for adverse reactions in children who may have sensitivities, Rosen stressed that the risk of skin damage from the sun “is worse than the risk of sunscreen use.”“You don’t want little kids to be burning,” she said. “Sun damage, some of it can be repaired, but it also can build up over time, and so the sun damage that we see in an older person is not from that particular summer, it’s from all the summers of their life.”And that damage can lead to skin cancer, including potentially deadly melanoma, the seventh most commonly diagnosed cancer in Canada and one whose incidence has risen significantly over the last several decades. The Canadian Cancer Society now predicts that one in 56 males and one in 74 females in this country will develop melanoma in their lifetime.“That’s a lot of people,” said Beecker, underscoring the need for kids to be well-protected from the sun.“Because we know that damage when you’re a child carries through for the rest of your life.”– Follow @SherylUbelacker on Twitter.last_img read more

Opinion Cincinnati Bengals a pretender after loss to lowly Texans

Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton (14) during a game against the Seattle Seahawks on Oct. 11 at Paul Brown Stadium in Cincinnati, Ohio. Credit: Courtesy of TNSThe Cincinnati Bengals started the 2015 season 8-0 for the first time in franchise history and have one of the most potent offenses in the NFL. So a matchup with the lowly Houston Texans, who sat at 3-5, should have been no problem, right?Wrong. The Texans continued their domination of the Bengals with a 10-6 win in a defensive struggle in Paul Brown Stadium in front of a roaring jungle of 61,381 Bengals fans on Monday night.The most discouraging part is the Texans did it with their backup quarterback after starter Brian Hoyer was knocked out of the game due to a concussion. Given, T.J. Yates didn’t do much, but his 22-yard rainbow to DeAndre Hopkins pushed the Texans past the Bengals and into the driver’s seat in the lackluster AFC South.Sure it’s just one loss, and sure the Bengals are still 8-1 — sitting pretty in the AFC North with a three-game lead over Pittsburgh — but quarterback Andy Dalton showed a side Bengals fans are all too familiar with. One that should make Bengals fans uneasy every time they think about yelling out, “who dey.”The Red Rifle turned into the “Red Rider B.B. Gun,” as Texans defensive end J.J. Watt called Dalton after the game, and his inability to win in primetime games was on full display again as he pushed his overall primetime record to 4-8.Dalton finished Monday night’s blunder of a game 22-of-38 for 197 yards and an interception for easily his worst performance of the year.The biggest problem is the Bengals looked tentative to take shots deep down the field against the Texans — something they’ve excelled at so far this season. Dalton ranks third in the NFL for average yards per pass, according to NFL statistics, but couldn’t connect on passes downfield on Monday.Perhaps Watt breathing down Dalton’s neck all night had something to do with it. Watt’s pressure against backup right tackle Eric Winston clearly impacted the Bengals’ ability to convert on third-downs, finishing the game at an abysmal 23 percent (3-of-13) conversion rate.Ultimately, the fifth-year quarterback will take the brunt of the blame for the loss to the Texans, but realistically, Dalton isn’t the only one to blame. Tight end Tyler Eifert dropped several passes that he normally catches and receiver A.J. Green fumbled away the Bengals’ final hopes in the last minute. Pair that with the Bengals’ inability to run the football — 21 carries for 73 yards on Monday (3.5 average) — and you’ve got a recipe for disaster.The lackluster performance comes at the worst possible time for the Bengals, as the team’s next contest is on the road against the red-hot Arizona Cardinals in another primetime matchup on Sunday night.The question is, can the Bengals match up under the lights and show the NFL what they are truly made of? Or will they fry in the desert next week against the team’s former quarterback and possible league MVP Carson Palmer? Also, looking even further, the Bengals still have key division tilts against the Cleveland Browns, Pittsburgh Steelers and Baltimore Ravens, as well as a Week 16 matchup with the Broncos in Mile High Stadium.Despite the 8-0 start, the Bengals could very well lose half of their second-half games.  Sure, some might say I’m overreacting, crossing the Bengals off my list of Super Bowl contenders after Week 10. But my instincts and my gut tells me to not trust this bunch until they prove they can consistently win in primetime games, let alone in the playoffs. read more

Chinese ambassador warns UK that Huawei exclusion from 5G sends a bad

first_img Huawei delays laptop reveal, Xbox head on the future… I thought this might be a mistake, but, no, the weirdly named HP Laptop 15t Value is indeed quite the value at this price. Specs include an Intel Core i7 processor, 12GB of RAM, a 256GB solid-state drive and a 15.6-inch display. However, I strongly recommend paying an extra $50 to upgrade that display to FHD (1,920×1,080), because you’re not likely to be happy with the native 1,366×768 resolution. Apple iPhone XS Preview • iPhone XS is the new $1,000 iPhone X In April, a report suggested that Huawei would be restricted to “noncore” parts of Britain’s next-generation cellular infrastructure. A decision on this had been expected in recent weeks, but it was delayed by Prime Minister Theresa May’s Theresa May’s decision to step down, according to Reuters.Huawei didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.First published at 6:11 a.m. PT.Updated at 6:37 a.m. PT: Adds more details. $999 An Echo Dot makes a fine match for any Fire edition TV, because you can use the latter to say things like, “Alexa, turn on the TV.” Right now, the 24-inch Insignia Fire TV Edition starts at just $100, while the 32-inch Toshiba Fire TV Editions is on sale for $130. Just add any Fire TV Edition to your cart, then add a third-gen Echo Dot, and presto: The latter is free. Tags Turo is kind of like Uber meets Airbnb: You borrow someone’s car, but you do all the driving. I’ve used it many times and found it a great alternative to traditional car-rental services — in part because you get to choose exactly the vehicle you want (not just, say, “midsize”) and in part because you can often do pickup and dropoff right outside baggage claim.Between now and Sept. 1, the first 300 people to check out can get $30 off any Turo rental with promo code LDW30. See It See at Turo Mobile Internet Turo: Save $30 on any car rental $90 at Daily Steals via Google Express 1:07 $520 at HP Tidal 3-month family subscription: $5.99 (save $54) Read Lenovo Smart Clock review $59 at eBay Use promo code 19LABOR10 to get an unusually good deal on JBL’s interesting hybrid product — not quite headphones, and not quite a traditional speaker, but something you wear like neckphones to listen to music on the go. $999 See It 1 Huawei P30 Pro’s four rear cameras from every angle $999 The Cheapskate Rylo Sarah Tew/CNET Read DJI Osmo Action preview HP Laptop 15t Value: $520 (save $780) Spotify and most other streaming services rely on compressed audio, which robs the listener of full fidelity. Enter Tidal, the only “major” service that delivers lossless audio — meaning at least on par with CD quality, if not better. Want to see (er, hear) the difference for yourself? Grab this excellent extended trial while you can. It’s just $6 for three months, and it’s good for up to six listeners. See at Amazon Google Nest Hub: $59 (save $70) Sarah Tew/CNET $261 at Daily Steals via Google Express JBL Soundgear wearable speaker: $90 (save $160) Sarah Tew/CNET Read Google Home Hub review Lenovo Smart Clock: $59.99 (save $20) $155 at Google Express $60 at Best Buy $299 at Amazon Review • iPhone XS review, updated: A few luxury upgrades over the XRcenter_img Though not technically a Labor Day sale, it’s happening during Labor Day sale season — and it’s too good not to share. Nationwide Distributors, via Google Express, has just about the best AirPods deal we’ve seen (when you apply promo code ZBEDWZ at checkout). This is for the second-gen AirPods with the wireless charging case. Can’t imagine these will last long at this price, so if you’re interested, act fast. The problem with most entry-level laptops: They come with mechanical hard drives. That makes for a mighty slow Windows experience. This Lenovo model features a 128GB solid-state drive, so it should be pretty quick to boot and load software, even with its basic processor. Plus, it has a DVD-burner! That’s not something you see in many modern laptops, especially at this price. See It Share your voice DJI Osmo Action camera: $261 (save $89) See it Now playing: Watch this: Turo TVs Speakers Mobile Accessories Cameras Laptops Automobiles Smart Speakers & Displays What’s cooler: A snapshot of a firework exploding in front of you, or full 360-degree video of all the fireworks and all the reactions to seeing them? Oooh, ahhh, indeed. At $250, the compact Rylo dual-lens camera is selling for its lowest price yet. And for an extra $50, you can get the bundle that includes the waterproof housing.This deal runs through Sept. 3; it usually costs $500. Comment Read the Rylo camera preview Sprint Recently updated to include digital-photo-frame capabilities, the Lenovo Smart Clock brings Google Assistant goodness to your nightstand. It’s a little smaller than the Amazon Echo Show 5, but also a full $30 less (and tied with Prime Day pricing) during this Best Buy Labor Day sale. $999 Rylo 5.8K 360 Video Camera: $250 (save $250) CNET may get a commission from retail offers. 40 Photos Mentioned Above Apple iPhone XS (64GB, space gray) $6 at Tidal Read the AirPods review Angela Lang/CNET China warned that Britain shouldn’t exclude Huawei from its 5G development.  Angela Lang/CNET China’s ambassador to the UK has warned Britain’s government that barring the use of Huawei equipment from the country’s 5G network could hurt trade relations and investment. It’s yet another twist in the international relations saga as the US puts pressure on its allies to avoid dealing with the telecommunications equipment maker.”It will send a very bad message not only to Huawei but also to Chinese businesses,” Lui told the BBC, noting that it could lead to “bad effects not only on trade but also on investment.”The ambassador echoed several of the talking points from an April op-ed in which he urged Britain not to let fear get in the way of “win-win cooperation” with China. The US doesn’t want its European allies to adopt Huawei’s 5G equipment, saying the gear could be used to spy for China. Huawei denies the allegations.Commentary: Rushing foldable phones doesn’t work. Just ask Samsung and Huawei Best Buy Share your voice 5G Huawei,I’m shocked — shocked! — to learn that stores are turning Labor Day into an excuse to sell stuff. Wait — no, I’m not. As much as I respect the original intent of the holiday (which became official back in 1894), to most of us, it’s just a bonus day off — one that’s blissfully tacked onto a weekend. So, yeah, stores; go ahead, run your sales. I’m listening. Perhaps unsurprisingly, Labor Day doesn’t bring out bargains to compete with the likes of Black Friday (which will be here before you know it), but there are definitely some sales worth your time.For example:We’ve rounded up the best Labor Day mattress deals.We’ve also gathered the best Labor Day laptop deals at Best Buy.The 2019 Vizio P Series Quantum is back under $999.Be sure to check out Amazon’s roughly three dozen Labor Day deals on TVs and audio. Google Express is having a big sale as well, one that includes deals on game consoles, AirPods, iPhones, laptops and more.Below I’ve rounded up a handful of individual items I consider to be the cream of the crop, followed by a handy reference guide to other Labor Day sales. Keep in mind, of course, that products may sell out at any time, even if the sale itself is still running. Note that CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of the products featured on this page. Other Labor Day sales you should check out Best Buy: In addition to some pretty solid MacBook deals that have been running for about a week already, Best Buy is offering up to 40% off major appliances like washers, dryers and stoves. There are also gift cards available with the purchase of select appliances. See it at Best BuyDell: Through Aug. 28, Dell is offering an extra 12% off various laptops, desktops and electronics. And check back starting Aug. 29 for a big batch of Labor Day doorbusters. See it at DellGlassesUSA: Aug. 29 – Sept. 3 only, you can save 65% on all frames with promo code labor65. See it at GlassesUSALenovo: The tech company is offering a large assortment of deals and doorbusters through Labor Day, with the promise of up to 56% off certain items — including, at this writing, the IdeaPad 730S laptop for $700 (save $300).See it at LenovoLensabl: Want to keep the frames you already love and paid for? Lensabl lets you mail them in for new lenses, based on your prescription. From now through Sept. 2 only, you can save 20% on the blue light-blocking lens option with promo code BLOCKBLUE. See it at LensablSears: Between now and Sept. 7, you can save up to 40% on appliances (plus an additional 10% if you shop online), up to 60% on mattresses, up to 50% on Craftsman products and more. The store is also offering some fairly hefty cashback bonuses. See it at SearsNote: This post was published previously and is continuously updated with new information.CNET’s Cheapskate scours the web for great deals on tech products and much more. For the latest deals and updates, follow the Cheapskate on Facebook and Twitter. Questions about the Cheapskate blog? Find the answers on our FAQ page, and find more great buys on the CNET Deals page. Boost Mobile Chris Monroe/CNET 0 Best laptops for college students: We’ve got an affordable laptop for every student. Best live TV streaming services: Ditch your cable company but keep the live channels and DVR. $210 at Best Buy Tags Lenovo 130-15AST 15.6-inch laptop: $210 (save $90) Apple AirPods with Wireless Charging Case: $155 (save $45) Amazon Post a comment Free Echo Dot with an Insignia or Toshiba TV (save $50) Formerly known as the Google Home Hub, Google’s Nest Hub packs a wealth of Google Assistant goodness into a 7-inch screen. At $59, this is within a buck of the best price we’ve seen. It lists for $129 and sells elsewhere in the $89-to-$99 range.This is one item of many available as part of eBay’s Labor Day Sale (which, at this writing, doesn’t specifically mention Labor Day, but that’s how it was pitched to us). DJI’s answer to GoPro’s action cameras is rugged little model that’s shockproof, dustproof and waterproof down to 11 meters. It normally runs $350, but this deal drops it to $261 when you apply promo code 19LABOR10 at checkout. Sarah Tew/CNETlast_img read more

Trusty reusable coffee cups to keep your coffee hot and wallet full

first_img Gadgets Appliances Best laptops for college students: We’ve got an affordable laptop for every student. Best live TV streaming services: Ditch your cable company but keep the live channels and DVR. We’d never tell you to skip out on your morning caffeine ritual — but bringing a trusty reusable coffee cup to your favorite java shop or making your own brew at home and toting it in a chic coffee tumbler is a smart way to avoid the single-use plastic and paper cups piling up in landfills. Bonus: a lot of brew houses give you a discount for bringing your own coffee cup.We’ve selected some of our favorites to help you find the very best reusable coffee cup. Whether you’re looking for a mug that fits into a car cup holder or something with a modern flare. These sleek, sturdy and stylish coffee cups are made from hard plastic, glass or metal and engineered to hold warm or cold beverages, keeping your tea & coffee hot for hours and an iced drink chilled for just as long. So do the environmentally-conscious thing and bring one of these reusable mugs with you next time you make a coffee run. The planet — and your wallet — will thank you.Read more on CNET: the best water bottles in 2019 | best coffee machines for 2019Read more on Chowhound: how to make good coffee while traveling | coffee products you shouldn’t live withoutNote that CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of products featured on this page.keepcup-bottle Amazon KeepCup Reusable Coffee CupThis stylish sipper is made in the USA from soda-lime glass, which means it’s easily recyclable when you’re done with it eventually. You can also microwave it, and even though it’s glass, it’s lightweight enough to carry with you on your morning coffee runs. Thankfully, the cork band keeps your hands safe from burning and the lid and plug are dishwasher safe when it’s time to clean it.$28 on Amazonyeti-water-bottle Amazon Yeti RamblerImagine the amazing power of a Yeti cooler — they’re the standard for fishermen and people who like the outdoors — but in the palm of your hand. This double-walled tumbler keeps your morning coffee hot well into the afternoon, and the genius magnet sliding lid comes apart when it’s time to throw it all in the dishwasher. It’s also the perfect size for most car cup holders when you’re driving through the great outdoors — or just, um, to the office.$30 at Amazonhydro-flask Amazon Hydro Flask Travel Coffee FlaskStash this 16-ounce reusable mug in your bag for your morning coffee run — it’s perfectly sized to a standard coffee cup, so your barista will know exactly how much to charge you. Plus, this flask will keep your cup of joe hot for up to 6 hours and your cold brew chill for 24 hours (thanks to double-walled insulation). It also has a wide mouth opening so that you can gulp the good stuff and let the caffeine do its magic before your first morning meeting.$25 at Amazonkinto-travel-mug Amazon Kinto Travel TumblerIf you’re picky about your coffee, you probably have opinions on reusable coffe cups, too. This super-chic to-go mug comes in neutral shades and has a stainless steel insulated cup that keeps everything at the same temp for up to six hours. Yasssss. The lid spins off to reveal an opening that you can sip from at any angle, and the sleek design is totally museum-worthy. $34 at Amazoncontigo-bottle Amazon Contigo West Loop Stainless Steel Travel MugNo shame if you’re the person who gets more coffee on their sleeve than in their mouth whenever you’re carrying a cup on the go. Thankfully, the lid on this reusable coffee canteen won’t let anything escape it — and it’s also slim enough to fit in a car cup holder, which means even the bumpiest of rides won’t threaten your morning brew. You can practically take this one with you anywhere. $15 at AmazonS’well Tumblerswell Amazon This attractive 18-ounce tumbler comes in a ton of amazing shades and designs, but it’s not just a pretty face: it’s made from stainless steel and is triple-walled so that you’ll never get condensation on your hands. But also, did we mention that it’s p-r-e-e-e-e-e-t-t-y? Use this gorgeous and reusable coffee cup around the house and find one that matches your decor (yes, that’s a thing). Heads up, you have to purchase the lid separately.  $26 at Amazonstojo-collapsible-travel-cup Amazon Stojo Silicone Collapsible CupThis is the travel mug for when your work bag is already loaded with notebooks, an iPad, your laptop and a million random receipts from heaven-knows-where. Made out of super-light, leak-proof silicone, it collapses to just 2.5 inches thick, meaning you can tote it practically anywhere without adding bulk to your bag. And when you need a warm-up, it’s microwave safe. Hot tip: it also comes with a straw for when iced coffee season hits.$20 at AmazonRead more: The best gifts for coffee and tea loversThis article was written by Julie Vadnal Post a comment Tags 0 Share your voicelast_img read more

Civilians flee Syria assault on Daraa

first_imgSmoke rising above the city of Deraa as it’s being bombarded, Syria on 26 June in this still image taken from video. Photo: ReutersSyria’s army launched an assault on the flashpoint southern city of Daraa Tuesday, state media said, after a week of deadly bombardment on the nearby countryside caused mass displacement.Government forces have set their sights on retaking the south of the country, a strategic area that borders Jordan and the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights.The escalation against rebels in the past week is the latest in a Russian-backed campaign to retake territory lost since the start of the Syria’s war in 2011.For a week, regime forces have ramped up their bombardment of countryside areas in the southern province of Daraa, which the United Nations says has forced 45,000 people to flee.But on Tuesday, state media said the army was launching an “operation” on the provincial capital itself, known widely as the cradle of Syria’s seven-year uprising.The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a Britain-based war monitor, said it was the first ground operation inside the city since the escalation began.“Regime forces targeted the city of Daraa with more than 15 surface-to-surface missiles, and Russian and Syrian air strikes continue,” the Observatory said.An AFP correspondent on the southern edge of Daraa city said he could see large columns of smoke along the city’s skyline and two airplanes circling above amid the steady boom of air strikes and shelling.State television reported: “Syria’s army is carrying out targeted air strikes against terrorist positions and fortifications in Daraa.”Government news agency SANA said the strikes were a prelude “before military units advance into the south-eastern quarter of the city.”Rebel groups mainly hold the southern half of the city while loyalists control the north.‘Unparalleled destruction’Syria’s army is pursuing a divide-and-conquer strategy against rebels in the south, aiming to chop up the horseshoe-shaped territory that the opposition holds.“The regime is seeking to take control of a military base south of the city, which will allow it to cut the route between Daraa city and the Jordanian border, as well as further divide the rebel areas,” said Observatory head Rami Abdel Rahman, as clashes around the base continued.Overnight, regime forces had recaptured two villages in the east of Daraa province, which allowed them to cut off a rebel pocket, the monitor said.A military source cited by state media said the army had seized both Basr al-Harir and Mlehat al-Atash.Troops then arrived on the edges of the nearby town of Al-Herak, SANA said.Air strikes and barrel bombs on Tuesday caused “unparallelled destruction across the town and to its infrastructure”, 48-year-old resident Khaleel al-Hariri told AFP.Al-Herak’s hospital had already been put out of service several days ago by bombardment.Raids on Tuesday also killed a rescue worker in the town of Basr al-Harir, the White Helmets rescue service said.The UN humanitarian coordination office (OCHA) in Syria said at least 45,000 people had fled fighting in the area in recent days.Syrians fleeDisplaced families on Tuesday could be seen streaming out of rebel-held areas in trucks piled high with mattresses, furniture, and blankets.In the distance, air strikes left massive brown-grey clouds of smoke hanging above agricultural fields.Rebels hold most of Daraa and the adjacent province of Quneitra, while the government holds a majority of Sweida to the east.The army began an intense bombardment of Daraa’s eastern countryside last week, then started striking the rebel half of Daraa city.On Tuesday, regime forces expanded the offensive even further.“Russian and Syrian air strikes began hitting opposition positions in Daraa’s western countryside near the Golan Heights, for the first time in a year,” said Abdel Rahman, killing six civilians.The regime bombardment has killed 38 civilians in a week, while 29 rebels and 24 pro-government fighters have been killed so far.The United Nations had previously warned that fighting was putting 750,000 people in rebel-held areas of the south in harm’s way.More than five million people have fled abroad since the Syrian conflict erupted in 2011. Another six million are displaced inside the country.Jordan has said it could not absorb a new wave of refugees and its border with Syria would remain closed.Amman has a “duty” to protect refugees; Amnesty International said while telling the Jordanian government it “must open its border to those fleeing Syria”.Front lines had been relatively quiet for nearly a year under a “de-escalation” deal agreed by Russia, the United States and Jordan in July 2017.To avoid a bloody onslaught, Russia is leading talks with Syria, Jordan, Israel and the United States to reach a negotiated settlement.last_img read more

JCD leftleaning bodies quota reform activists declare panels for DUCSU polls

first_imgNurul Haque Nur, Md Rashed Khan and Faruk HossainOpposition BNP’s student wing Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD), the left-leaning student organisations and quota reform movement activists on Monday announced their respective panels for Dhaka University Central Student Union (DUCSU) polls slated for 11 March.Mostafizur Rahman, Anisur Rahman Khondokar and Khorshed Alam Sohel have been named as JCD’s vice president (VP), general secretary (GS) and assistant general secretary (AGS) candidates respectively.The student body’s DU unit president Al Mehedi Talukder and general secretary Abul Bashar Siddique announced their panel at a press briefing at Madhu’s Canteen in the afternoon.The other candidates of the panel are liberation war affairs secretary Jafrul Hasan Nadim, science and technology affairs secretary Maksudur Rahman, common room and cafeteria affairs secretary Quaneta Islam, international affairs secretary Ashraful Islam Uzzal, literary secretary Minhaz Ahmed Prince, cultural secretary Quaiyum Ul Islam, sports secretary Moniruzzaman Mamum, students’ transport secretary Mahfuzur Rahman Chowdhury and social service affairs secretary Touhidul Islam.The panel’s member candidates are Habibul Bashar, Arif Hossain, Iqbal Hossain, Sahab Uddin, Mahmudul Hasan, Safayat Hasnain Sabit, Tanvir Azadi Sakib, Sultan Md Salauddin Siddik, Md Shariful Islam, Imam Al Naser Mishuk and Alamgir Hossain.General Students’ Rights Protection Platform (Sadharon Chhatra Odhikar Sangrokkhon Parishad), which led the quota reform movement last year, has picked Nurul Haque Nur, Md Rashed Khan and Faruk Hossain as their candidates for the posts of vice-president, general secretary and assistant general secretary respectively.The platform declared their panel nominating candidates for 17 out of 25 posts.They will announce the full panel for central union and hall unions within Monday, said the leaders.Other members of the panel are liberation war affairs secretary Nazmul Huda, secretary of common room and cafeteria affairs secretary Sheikh Emilee Jamal, international affairs secretary Habibullah Belali, literary secretary Akram Hossain, cultural secretary Nahid Islam, sports secretary Mamunur Rashid Mamun, students’ transport secretary Razibul Islam and social service affairs secretary Aktar Hossain.The panel’s member candidates are Umme Kulsum Bonya, Raiyan Abdullah, Sab Al Masani, Imran Hossain and Shariar Alam Sumya.Left-leaning student bodies under the umbrella of Progressive Students’ Alliance and Anti-imperialism Students’ Unity jointly nominated Chhatra Union general secretary Liton Nandi for VP, Chhatra Federation’s Umme Habiba Benzeer for GS and Samajtantrik Chhatra Front’s DU unit vice-president Sadekul Islam Sadik for AGS.They picked candidates for all other posts and hall union.Naming their candidates at a press briefing at Madhu’s Canteen on Monday, its leaders said they will press home their six-point demand, including setting the poll stations in academic buildings instead of residential halls.Other members of the panel are liberation war affairs secretary Rajib Kanti Roy, science and technology affairs secretary Ulul Amar Talukder, common room and cafeteria affairs secretary Suhail Ahmed Shuvo, international affairs secretary Mim Arafat Manab, literary secretary Rajib Das, cultural secretary Fahad Hasan Adnan, sports secretary Shuvra Nil Roy, students’ transport secretary Hasib Muhammad Ashik and social service affairs secretary Foisal Mahmud.The panel’s member candidates are Moinul Islam Tuhin, Aminul Islam, Amzad Hossain, Afnan Akhter, Mitramoy, Salman Farsi, Rahatil Rahat, Armanul Haque, Jesan Arka Marandi, Manisha Akhter, Mahir Farhan Khan, Udoy Nafis and Pratnapratim Mehedi.last_img read more

Twinkling tales

first_imgThe solo exhibition titled We are made of stars by Sabya Sachi Ghosh depicts  the primordial nature of creation and a creative pictorial depiction of the universe. This exhibition that kicks off today is inspired by the resplendent starry sky on a moonless night. The theme of time travel is also touched upon. The works tries to bring about a feeling of an unbroken connection with time, since the moment of creation till out present state of its realisation. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’ We are all made of stardust. This statement is very poetic and has a tinge of a primordial nostalgia attached to this feeling. The search for the reasons behind our creation ultimately takes us to the very beginning of time. Rational explanations are then replaced with metaphysical definitions that aim to quench our longing to know the truth behind the creation of our universe. Religion in its own narrow way tries to convey a meaning that is very self oriented in a karmic manner. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixThe artist quotes, “When I gaze at stars twinkling in the night sky, I grasp the vastness of space and conceive of time as if it were matter and very tangible. My mind moves forward and backwards and is logical enough to haggle with a vegetable vendor. I am here stuck with this question; when we are capable of great thoughts why do we indulge in narrow selfish pursuits? Perhaps these ‘narrow selfish pursuits’ are our ways of preserving and continuing the progress of our species. I am not certain but for the lack of better ways we are as we appear to be.”When: January 23 to 29  Where: Open palm court Gallery, India Habitat Centre Timing: 10 am – 8 pmlast_img read more

Can acting help improve memory

first_imgHave you ever felt annoyed with yourself, maybe for forgetting to do an important task?If so, acting out things you are supposed to remember or pretending that you are actually doing it, can help you recall.The findings showed that alternative enactment techniques, such as acting, can improve prospective memory – where you have not remembered to take the action you had planned. This involves recreating an action and pretending that you are actually doing it, in as much vivid detail as possible, the researchers said. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfA failing prospective memory can be an early sign of Alzheimer, according to lead author Antonina Periera, psychologist at the University of Chichester in the UK.In the research, published in the journal Neuropsychology, it was examined the prospective memory performance in nearly 100 participants. It included patients with mild cognitive impairment aged 64 – 87 years, healthy older adults aged 62 – 84 years and younger adults aged 2 –18 years.Participants reported improvement, especially the older subjects with mild cognitive impairment in the early stages of Alzheimer’s disease. It was confirmed that prospective memory erodes as we get older and that enactment techniques might support those with a poor prospective memory.The enactment techniques “can have long lasting effects even for people with cognitive impairment.last_img read more

Facebookowned photosharing network Instagram has

first_imgFacebook-owned photo-sharing network Instagram has added video functionality to its service, allowing users to share video clips for the first time. Instagram users can now choose to capture videos of up to 15 seconds and choose from 13 filters to give the clips a distinctive look – the major draw for its still image service.“Over the past two and a half years, Instagram has become a community where you can capture and share the world’s moments simply and beautifully. Some moments, however, need more than a static image to come to life. Until now these stories have been missing from Instagram,” said Instagram co-founder Kevin Systrom.The update follows Facebook’s US$1 billion (€756 million) buyout of Instagram last year and will put Facebook in competition with Twitter’s Vine service – another video sharing app that lets users take six-second looping video clips.last_img read more

21st Century Foxowned Sky Italia saw a continued

first_img21st Century Fox-owned Sky Italia saw a continued decline in its subscriber base in the quarter to June, dropping by 25,000 to 4.73 million.For 21st Century Fox as a whole, direct-to-home TV generated quarterly segment OIBDA of US$146 million (€109 million) compared with the US$156 million reported in the same period a year ago. While the group saw a 16% increase in revenue, thanks to growth from Sky Deutschland, this was more than offset by higher sports programming costs including Sky Italia’s broadcast of the FIFA World Cup and Sky Deutschland’s exclusive broadcast of Bundesliga football.21st Century Fox has removed Sky Italia and Sky Deutschland from its future guidance going forward as a result of its agreed deal to sell the assets to BSkyB.last_img

Pelangio Exploration Inc PXTSXV PGXPFOTC an

first_imgPelangio Exploration Inc. (PX:TSX-V; PGXPF:OTC) announced the results of seven diamond drill holes totaling 1,574 metres from its ongoing drilling program at the Pokukrom East zone on the Manfo Property in Ghana.  Highlights of the results included:·        1.19 g/t gold over 113 metres, including 9.05 g/t gold over 7 metres; ·        2.60 g/t gold over 64 metres, including 11.94 g/t gold over 10 metres; and ·        16.72 g/t gold over 4 metres.The results continued to confirm a higher grade, shallow north plunging core of Pokukrom East zone with an open plunge of 600 metres from near surface in previously reported hole SPDD-088 (7.01 g/t gold over 19 metres) to 210 metres depth in the holes reported this week.  Warren Bates, Senior Vice President Exploration, commented: “These are our best holes on the Manfo Property to date. These holes represent the north-plunging core of higher grade mineralization at Pokukrom East, now demonstrating an open plunge length of 600 metres.” Please visit our website to learn more about the project and request additional information. We are much closer to a bottom than a top…but I’m always on the lookout for “in your ear”.It was a reasonably quiet trading day in gold on Monday…but there was some structure to the trading action.  After gaining about five bucks or so in early Far East trading on Monday, gold then tracked sideways right up until shortly after 3:00 p.m. in Hong Kong.Then gold dipped to its low of the day, which occurred a bit over an hour later at around 8:30 a.m. GMT in London.  From that low, gold climbed slowly higher, reaching its high tick about ten minutes after the 1:30 p.m. Comex close in New York…and from there it traded more or less sideways into the 5:15 p.m. Eastern time electronic close.The gold price closed at $1,685.00 spot…up $8.10 from Friday’s close.  Net volume was pretty light at around 109,000 contracts.Monday’s silver chart was a virtually carbon copy of Monday’s gold chart, with the only difference worth mentioning was the fact that silver’s high tick [$31.35 spot] came at 2:30 p.m. in electronic trading in New York…and from there it got sold off a bit before trading almost ruler-flat into the close.Silver closed at $31.18 spot…up 27 cents from Friday.  Net volume was pretty light as well…around 31,500 contracts.The dollar index opened at 80.55 in Tokyo on their Monday morning..and then sank a few basis points up until 3:30 p.m. in Honk Kong trading.  Then in less than an hour, the index jumped just about 30 basis points to about 80.78…and from there traded sideways until early afternoon in New York, when it sagged a bit…closing at 80.71.There was no co-relation between the gold and silver price activity and the dollar index movements that I could tell.Not surprisingly, the gold stocks opened in positive territory…but that happy state of affairs didn’t last long…and shortly before noon in New York, the share prices sank into negative territory and then stayed there for the rest of the day.  The HUI finished down 0.67%.  I wouldn’t read much into that action, but neither can I explain it based on Monday’s price activity in gold.The same can be said for the silver shares…and they got it in the neck far worse than the gold shares.  I have no explanation for that, either.  Nick Laird’s Silver Sentiment index closed down a chunky 1.66%.(Click on image to enlarge)The CME’s Daily Delivery Report was another exercise in watching grass grow, as only 1 gold and 13 silver contracts were posted for delivery tomorrow within the Comex-approved depositories.No surprisingly, considering the price action on Friday, an authorized participant withdrew 125,969 troy ounces of gold from GLD on Monday.  What was a surprise was that an authorized participant added 871,421 troy ounces of silver to SLV.The U.S. Mint had a decent sales report yesterday.  They sold only 2,500 ounces of gold eagles…but a very chunky 800,000 silver eagles.  That makes 1 million silver eagles sold already this month.  As I keep pounding away about…I do hope you’re getting your share.Over at the Comex-approved depositories on Friday, they reported that 40,108 troy ounces of silver were received…and 342,029 troy ounces of same were shipped out the door.  The link to that activity is here.My initial look at the Commitment of Traders Report in this column in my Saturday column [which has now been replaced by this commentary] was about as wrong as I could possibly get.  I don’t know where my head was at when I was looking at it, as in reality there was improvement in the Commercial category in both gold and silver.  My apologies for this error.In silver, the Commercial net short position improved by 1,767 contacts…as the Commercials went long 1,153 contracts and also decreased their short position by an additional 614 contracts.  The Commercial net short position is now down to 53,732 contracts, or 268 million ounces.The ‘Big 4’ are short 243.5 million ounces…which represents 44.0 percent of the entire Comex futures market in silver on a net basis.  The ‘5 through 8’ largest traders are short an additional 8.8 percentage points.  So the ‘Big 8’ are short 52.8% of the entire futures market on a net basis…but it’s actually slightly higher than that once all the extra spread trades that only show up in the Disaggregated COT Report, are subtracted.In addition, the ‘Big 4’ are short 91 percent of the Commercial net short position in silver.In gold, the Commercial net short position improved by 9,901 contracts…and is now down to 222,764 contracts, or 22.28 million ounces.  The ‘Big 4’ are short 14.64 million ounces…and this represents 34.4% of the entire futures market in gold on a net basis.  The ‘5 through 8’ traders are short an additional 12.7 percentage points…so that takes the ‘Big 8’ short position up to 47.1 percent of the entire futures market on a net basis.In addition, the ‘Big 4’ are short 65.7 percent of the Commercial net short position in gold…not nearly as big a percentage as in silver, but still huge nonetheless.Needless to say, there has been a vast improvement in the net short position in both gold and silver since the Tuesday cut-off…especially after Friday’s shenanigans.  But, as Ted Butler pointed out in his Saturday column, there is still much more potential selling left by the technical funds, as they still hold significant long positions compared to the July lows.  But can they or will they sell out this time?  Who knows…but if they do, it will take lower prices to do it.This sell off that began during the first week of October, is not shaping up like the ‘normal’ engineered price decline that preceded it…at least not from a COT perspective, especially silver.The above was courtesy of Washington state reader S.A…as is the chart below showing the gold price, it’s 65-week moving average…and the presidential election cycle.  Let us all join hands and pray that the pattern repeats itself…starting immediately!This next chart is courtesy of reader ‘David in California’…and requires no further embellishment from me.(Click on image to enlarge)Considering it’s my Tuesday column…I don’t have that many stories for you today.If you harbour any ambitions to “change” the system, you are likely to break down into rueful laughter if you think it through. If you are an American, you can go to the polls [today] and “choose” between Barack Obama and Mitt Romney. It is pretty clear that the US financial and political establishment don’t much care which one you “choose”. Their mutual abhorrence of any political principle is as obvious as it is predictable. Their “platforms” are identical. Their “plans” for the nation they aspire to rule are the same. That is why they are the candidates. It truly doesn’t matter who you vote for, and you know it. – Bill Buckler, Gold This Week, 03 November 2012It was pretty quiet yesterday…both in price action and volume…but I was somewhat mystified by the poor performance of the shares in both silver and gold…and don’t know quite know what to make of it.With today being election day in the U.S.A….I’m uncertain as to what price action we will see during the Tuesday trading day.  Whatever is allowed, will show up in Friday’s Commitment of Traders Report, as today at the 1:30 p.m. Comex close, is the cut-off for both it and November’s Bank Participation Report.As I mentioned in my Saturday column, I never heard back from anyone at Scotiabank’s head office in Toronto…so I must assume that they are the “non-U.S.” bank that was “outed” in the CFTC’s October Bank Participation Report.Here, once again, is all the e-mal correspondence between myself and the bank.  I sent the letter to Mr. Rick Waugh, the CEO…but it was answered by Dave Shearim.  I urge you to e-mail either one, or both of them…and ask them the same question in your own words…are they, or aren’t they…yes, or no. Please be polite!22 October 2012 Scotiabank 44 King Street West Toronto, Ontario M5H 1H1Attention: Mr. Rick Waugh, CEODear Mr. Waugh,I’m a keen observer of the financial scene, both here in Canada and abroad…but my main area of expertise is in the precious metal markets.  I write a daily blog on this subject for Casey Research out of Stowe, Vermont…and here is the link to my webpage.Part of my reading material includes two reports that are issued by the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission…the CFTC.  The most notable of those are the weekly Commitment of Traders Report and the monthly Bank Participation Report.If you click on the Bank Participation Report link, you’ll note that the CFTC has included a comment about its October figures that took quite a few people who follow this report, completely by surprise…including me.The comment states… “The October 2012 Bank Participation Report includes COMEX gold and COMEX silver futures and options positions for a newly classified non-U.S. bank, based upon the entity’s self-description on its latest CFTC Form 40. Given the methodology of the Bank Participation Report, the entity’s most recent Form 40 submission results in all of its futures and options positions now being included within the report. For more information on the methodology used for the Bank Participation Report, see Explanatory Notes” [Emphasis is mine. – Ed]Looking through the list of market-making members of the LBMA…my first thought was that the bank most likely to fit that description would be The Bank of Nova Scotia – Scotia Mocatta.  So I called Andy Montano at your head office about a week ago.  We had a pleasant chat…and he said that he knew nothing about it.  I asked him who might know…and he had no suggestion.So I thought I would write directly to you, sir.All I need to know is if the “non-U.S. bank” that the CFTC is referring to in its comments above…and on its Bank Participation Report home page…is The Bank of Nova Scotia – Scotia Mocatta.A simple ‘yes’ or ‘no’ answer will suffice.Thank you for your attention in this matter…and I remain,Yours truly,Edward Steer, EditorEd Steer’s Gold & Silver DailyOn Tuesday I received this reply…and as you can tell right away, the ‘non-answer’ avoided my question entirely…Dear Mr. Steer, Thank you for your email of October 22nd addressed to Rick Waugh, President & CEO of Scotiabank. I have been asked to review your inquiry and provide a response to you on behalf of the Scotiabank Group. We have determined from our review, the Scotiabank Group is not involved in the research or publication of the Commitment of Traders Report and as a result we are unable to comment on the data provided in the report. We respectfully recommend you consider making direct contact with the Commodity Futures Trading Commission CFTC) as we understand they are the source of the report and would be better positioned to respond to you with answers to any inquiries you may have about the report. Once again, thank you for writing, giving us an opportunity to review and respond to your inquiry. Sincerely, Dave Shearim Senior Manager – Office of the President Scotiabank – Executive Offices e-mail: mail.president@scotiabank.com Telephone: (416) 933-1700 or (877) 700-0043 Fax: (416) 933-1777 or (877) 700-0045Of course I had to reply…and here it is…Hello Dave,This reply I received from you is a ‘non answer’…and avoids the question entirely.Nowhere in my original e-mail did I remotely suggest that Scotiabank Group was involved in the production of any data from the CFTC reports mentioned.The Form 40 referred to by the CFTC, would have to have been filled out by a very senior member of the Scotiabank Group…either within the bank itself, or within the Scotia Mocatta division.Here are the pertinent contents of my previous e-mail to Mr. Waugh once again…“Part of my reading material includes two reports that are issued by the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission…the CFTC.  The most notable of those are the weekly Commitment of Traders Report and the monthly Bank Participation Report.“If you click on the Bank Participation Report link, you’ll note that the CFTC has included a comment about its October figures that took quite a few people who follow this report, completely by surprise…including me.“The comment states… “The October 2012 Bank Participation Report includes COMEX gold and COMEX silver futures and options positions for a newly classified non-U.S. bank, based upon the entity’s self-description on its latest CFTC Form 40. Given the methodology of the Bank Participation Report, the entity’s most recent Form 40 submission results in all of its futures and options positions now being included within the report. For more information on the methodology used for the Bank Participation Report, see Explanatory Notes” [Emphasis is mine. – Ed]“Looking through the list of market-making members of the LBMA…my first thought was that the bank most likely to fit that description would be The Bank of Nova Scotia – Scotia Mocatta.  So I called Andy Montano at your head office about a week ago.  We had a pleasant chat…and he said that he knew nothing about it.  I asked him who might know…and he had no suggestion.“So I thought I would write directly to you, sir.“All I need to know is if the “non-U.S. bank” that the CFTC is referring to in its comments above…and on its Bank Participation Report home page…is The Bank of Nova Scotia – Scotia Mocatta.“A simple ‘yes’ or ‘no’ answer will suffice.So, Dave, I’ll ask the question one more time, which is it…yes, or no?Sincerely,EdAnd that’s where the matter sits, as I’ve heard nothing since.Neither silver or gold did much of anything during the Far East trading session on their Tuesday.  Silver was under slight selling pressure, but is now back in the plus column by around 13 cents…and gold is up five bucks, as I hit the ‘send’ button at 5:20 a.m. Eastern time.  The dollar index is flat…and volumes are already decent in silver, but light in gold.As I said a handful of paragraphs ago, I wouldn’t hazard a guess as to what the price action will be like in New York today, so nothing will surprise me when I switch on my computer later this morning.But, having said that, here’s a paragraph from Ted Butler’s Weekly Commentary to his paying subscribers on the weekend…“The second standout [in Friday’s COT Report] was the relative small number of silver contracts [through Tuesday’s cut-off date] that were sold by the technical funds and bought by the commercials. At the cut-off, only 4,100 net contracts had been liquidated from Oct 2nd. The question lately was if the tech funds would hold tight (for the first time ever) and not sell into declining prices since they hadn’t rushed to sell when key moving averages were first violated. Or was it more a case of they hadn’t sold yet, but would? Based upon Friday’s high volume, it would appear that the tech funds are capitulating on lower prices. The good news is that the tech funds may have sold 10,000 net contracts on Friday, greatly reducing the number of contracts that they will ultimately sell. The bad news is there are many more contracts that potentially still could be sold by the technical funds and purchased by JPMorgan and the raptors. Should that turn out to be the case, it will only be accomplished with lower prices.” – Silver analyst Ted Butler…03 November 2012So keep his comments top-of-mind until the current situation resolves itself.  And as I said on Saturday, we are much closer to a bottom than a top…but I’m always on the lookout for “in your ear”.See you tomorrow. Sponsor Advertisementlast_img read more

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first_img[Today’s article comes to us from world traveler and quintessential “international man” Dr. Jack Wheeler.] Edinburgh-of-the-Seven-Seas, Tristan da Cunha, South Atlantic Ocean. Welcome to the most isolated community on the planet, on the world’s remotest inhabited island. Named after the Portuguese captain who discovered it in 1506, Tristão da Cunha, it is 1,736 miles from Africa, and 2,466 miles from South America. The nearest inhabited land is the island of St. Helena 1,343 miles to the north, itself so remote that the Brits exiled Napoleon there. It’s not simply that Tristan is far away from anywhere else, it’s amazingly difficult to get here. You have to arrive by ship as there’s no airport – and there are no regular passenger ships, just the occasional fishing boat and an annual relief/supply ship from Cape Town. And when one does get here, it is rarely able to land as the weather doesn’t allow it. We are the first passenger ship to land here since March of 2012. Why bother? Why brave often incredibly rough and dangerous seas for days or even weeks to come here on the off-chance that you can go ashore? Just to be able to tell your friends back home you set foot on the world’s remotest inhabited island? Maybe for some. For me, it was the opportunity to meet perhaps the most extraordinarily unique people on earth. I came hoping to find a freedom paradise (more accurately, a conservative-libertarian paradise) – and I found it. But before you start packing your bags, be advised:  there is, of course, a catch. There is only one settlement on the island, named after the original Duke of Edinburgh, HRH Prince Alfred, Consort to Queen Victoria, who visited here on a world tour of the British Empire in 1867. Every Tristanian (tris-tay-nee-un), 262 at current count, lives in Edinburgh-of-the-Seven-Seas – although they usually just call it The Settlement. Among those 262, there are only seven family names: Glass, Green, Hagen, Swain, Rogers, Lavarello, and Repetto. There are never any first or second cousin marriages, and for 200 years the Tristan gene pool has been continually refreshed from shipwrecked sailors to marriage to outsiders. The population hasn’t gone more than 10% above or below 260 for a over a century. No one had ever lived on the island when da Cunha (coon-yah) found it in 1506, and for 300 years, no one paid much attention to the tiny, 38 square mile volcanic speck with no natural harbor and little habitable land, until 1816 when a Scottish corporal named William Glass and his wife from Cape Town, decided to live there, and attracted others, such as a sailor named Thomas Swain, and women from St. Helena for sailors like him. The community grew, waxed and waned, prospered and suffered, learning to become intensely self-reliant. They raised cattle and sheep, fished in the sea, grew vegetables and potatoes, and fended for themselves, dependent upon no one by necessity. They lived simply. Every family had its own small home, made of large blocks of an easily-carved volcanic rock called tufa, with a heavily thatched roof. There was only one main room, with a fireplace that provided heat and where food was cooked, and a small bedroom. The bed’s mattress was stuffed with penguin feathers, and lamps at night were lit with seal oil. Yet they saw that their children were well educated. They learned of world events and read books by Plutarch, Plato, and Shakespeare acquired from passing sailing ships. They saw their children learned Christian values at one of the two churches in the Settlement: St. Mary’s Anglican Church, or St. Joseph’s Catholic Church. There’s no history of religious feuds or fanaticism on Tristan. After World War II, “red gold” was discovered. With the help of South African businessmen, the Tristan Development Corporation was formed in 1949 to exploit the uncountable numbers of easily-caught rock lobsters in Tristan’s waters. In addition, beautifully designed Tristan postage stamps became prized by stamp collectors and were sold world-wide. The economy boomed, living and housing conditions improved – yet Tristanians managed to adapt to modernization without losing their traditional values and culture. Then disaster struck. Tristan is an active volcano above a hotspot in the Mid-Atlantic Ridge, with the main cone (Queen Mary’s Peak) almost 7,000 feet high. In August of 1961, a vent suddenly opened up right next to The Settlement, out of which molten lava began flowing towards the sea. When it looked like the lava might envelop and destroy the community, the British government ordered the entire population evacuated to England. For most Tristanians, it was the first time they’d been off their island (save for fishing trips to the small nearby uninhabited satellite islands of Nightingale and Inaccessible), their first exposure to modern Western life and all its temptations. They hated it. When scientists reported, after an expedition to the now-deserted island in 1962, that the lava flow had missed The Settlement by not much more than the length of a football field, that the eruption had terminated, and that repatriation of the islanders was an option, the Tristanians celebrated. They were given the choice to stay in England and be subsidized wards of the British Welfare State, or return to Tristan and fend for themselves again. All but five voted to return – which they did in 1963. The kids brought back rock n’ roll and the Twist with them, but for the most part, the plethora of lunacies comprising the Sixties passed Tristan by. Everyone went back to work, although with the rock lobster and postage stamp businesses going better than ever, that work was more profitable. The Settlement soon had a movie theatre, a pub, a community swimming pool; everyone had a modern kitchen, video recorders, and family car – even though there are less than four miles of road on the island. Today there’s an Internet cafe, and many kids have a Facebook page or even their own websites. The island maintains its own well-done website, www.tristandc.com. Now we come to the interesting part. If exposure to and immersion in the culture of Western degradation has spoiled and ruined the culture of Tristan, it is indiscernible. To this day, in almost 200 years of history since Tristan’s founding in 1816, not one Tristanian has ever murdered another. Murder is unknown, it has never happened on Tristan. Rape is unknown. There has never been a single case of rape in anyone’s memory or on record. Divorce is unknown. Marriage is for life. No one can recall any couple ever getting divorced (save for marriage to an outsider who couldn’t handle life on Tristan and left the island). Pre-marital sex is abundant, but once a girl gets pregnant, she marries the father and that’s that. Abortion is unknown. Aborting a baby is indescribably horrific to a Tristanian. Crime is unknown. There is no theft. Everyone keeps his home unlocked. There are no fights in the pub, no drunken brawls. There is a peacefulness and serenity to life on Tristan that has to be experienced to be believed. And there is no socialism. Tristan’s economy and society is based on private property. People have their own sheep, their own cows for milk, their own cattle for beef, their own cultivated patches for potatoes and vegetables. Fishermen are paid according to the amount of lobsters they personally haul in. For the most part, Tristanians govern themselves. There is a resident British Administrator, as Tristan is a British Overseas Territory, appointed by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in London. Yet, with the exception of rare emergency circumstances such as the decision to evacuate the island in 1961, he can only act with the approval of the Island Council, composed of islanders elected by the community. In fact, Tristanians pay little attention to the “Hadmin,” as they call the Administrator, who manages to spend much of his time in London. They look instead to their own elected leader and head of the Council, called the Chief Islander, for guidance. Currently, he is Ian Lavarello, and I was fortunate to have dinner with him. His home is like everyone else’s. He goes fishing, manages his potato patch, and works like everyone else. “Tristanians learned long ago,” he told me, “to be a cooperative people, to resolve our disputes peacefully and with goodwill. We are all family on this island, and we use problems to bring us together, not divide us. I don’t think you’ll find a more agreeable people anywhere than Tristanians. They make it easy for me to find solutions to situations that we all can agree on.” Tristan has one policeman – Conrad Glass, a direct descendant of founder William Glass. Over a Castle Lager at the world’s remotest pub, the Albatross Bar, I asked him what a policeman does in a place where there’s no crime. “My job is to help people,” he explained.  “Ian (Lavarello) helps with community-wide issues. I talk to people about their individual disagreements. And I help them be careful. “There’s a place on the road to the Patches (an area of tiny walled fields two miles from the Settlement in which everyone grows their potatoes and vegetables) where some people drive fast and there’s been a couple of accidents. I’ll park my police car behind this curve – you Yanks would call this a ‘speed trap,’ I believe – so when someone is speeding and they see me, they quickly slow down. We smile and wave at each other, although sometimes I have to shake my finger at them.” Conrad asked me why I had come here. “People who live in the remotest community on earth, and have been determined to do so for two centuries,” I answered, “have to be uniquely interesting. I came here to meet them, and try to understand something about them.” He smiled. “The most important thing to understand about Tristanians is what they value most in life is freedom. We have a freedom here in Tristan like nowhere else. That’s why we found England suffocating, rules everywhere, someone always telling you what you can and cannot do.  We couldn’t wait to get back here where we are free and we live by our own rules. “On Tristan, no one tells you what to do. No one tells you when to get up, when to milk your cows or go fishing or help your neighbor fix his house damaged in a storm. But… if you don’t do these things, your cow will die, you won’t have fish to eat, your neighbor won’t help you when you need to fix your house. We’ve learned that when you’re free, when no one forces you to help others, everyone ends up helping everyone else – and cheerfully. There’s no obligation – we just are happier together that way.” A young fellow, George Swain, joined us. He had gone to high school in Cape Town and then received training in wildlife conservation. Now, at age 20, he had returned to the island to work for Tristan’s Conservation and Fisheries Office. I asked him if most young people left the island to study or work elsewhere today, and how many ever came back. “Most all of us leave at some time,” he said.  “We want to learn something of the world. After a few years or even several, just about everybody returns to live. We miss Tristan’s freedom.” So – ready to kiss all the fascist craziness in the world goodbye and live in peace and freedom on Tristan da Cunha? That’s the catch: you can’t. The world’s remotest, most isolated community on the planet wants to keep it that way. You can visit here between ships, arriving on one and departing on another – although there are no hotels or restaurants, so you’d have to arrange a homestay – but you can’t live here. Tristan is for Tristanians. There is only one way to become a Tristanian – and that’s to marry one. You could visit here in hopes of meeting and marrying a local gal if you’re a guy or vice versa (and just to be clear: any mention of “same-sex” marriage is considered a stupidly tasteless joke here). Or you could by chance or tracking them down, bump into a young Tristanian studying or working abroad, marry him or her, and move to Tristan. Once you establish a home in the Settlement, have children and start to raise a family, you can become a Tristanian – that’s the only way. The bottom line is that Tristanians are self-contained. They are cheerful, friendly, approachable, nice and easy to talk to. But they don’t need us. Outsiders from other countries and cultures have their values and lifestyles, and that’s fine – live and let live. But they don’t need them. Tristanians have a freedom and shared humanity that is unique in this world. There is a calmness in their souls, what I would call a gravitas of serenity, that I have never witnessed elsewhere in all the places on earth I have been. You and I cannot be a part of it – but it is enough to know that it exists. At least there is one place on our planet this free, this peaceful, this happy together. It is not ironic that this place is a tiny village on a tiny island in a vast stormy sea farther away from other people than anywhere else. The latter has to be part of the cause of the former. No matter. We know now that such peace and freedom isn’t a fantasy ideal but something human beings are actually capable of. It has been such a privilege to be here and meet these wonderful people. The short weather window that allowed us to be here has closed. A major storm is approaching and we must board the Zodiac motorized inflatable rafts in the tiny harbor – so tiny a couple of Zodiacs or motorized rowboats is all it has room for – to get back to the ship anchored offshore. I must finish one last Castle Lager here in the Albatross Bar where I’m writing this and say goodbye to my Tristanian friends. For the rest of my life, I’ll treasure having been here and having met them. There is such a place as Tristan da Cunha. It’s real, and that should mean a lot to all of us. [Editor’s Note: Once called “Indiana Jones of the Right” by The Washington Post, Dr. Jack Wheeler is the founder of To The Point, a website that serves as “The Oasis for Rational Conservatives”. Learn more at www.tothepointnews.com.] Freedom Paradise Found by Dr. Jack Wheelerlast_img read more

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first_imgOver the holidays, a dear friend asked for help—the sort of help you might need too. She’s retired, lives alone, and has a modest nest egg. But the thought of losing any of her life savings terrifies her. Let’s call my friend “Sally.” Sally doesn’t trust stockbrokers or any commission-based investment advisors. I was flattered to learn that she reads all of our material; but considering how often we lambaste low-interest cash accounts, I was surprised when she confided that all her money is in a cash account, earning 0.01% interest. Sally understands that at that rate, she’ll likely outlive her nest egg. She knows she needs to do something but is understandably afraid and feeling vulnerable. Now, I know she wasn’t just flattering me when she said she reads all of our material. She played it right back to me… The stock market is near an all-time high. The government, not solid business fundamentals, is propping up the stock market. It’s on thin ice. Junk bonds have a higher rate of default than top-quality bonds and are currently paying some of the lowest interest rates in several decades. Preserving capital and earning decent yields are both essential to making a lifetime portfolio last, well, a lifetime. CDs are risky because they tie up your money and might lose against inflation. These are real fears. Sally understands the risks of investing; however, she underestimates consequence of doing nothing. Several subscribers have expressed similar concerns. So, to answer Sally and company we’re sharing a conversation between analysts Andrey Dashkov, Chris Wood, and me.Dennis Miller: Andrey, I’ll start with you because I know you’re something of a financial advisor to your mother. What would you say if she asked these questions? Where would you tell her to start?Andrey Dashkov: Dennis, yes, my mother does indeed turn to me for financial advice. Let me start by giving you a little context. She still lives in Belarus, where I was born. I will not get into great detail about the country’s crumbling economy, but as we speak, the Belarusian National Bank has hiked its interest rates (called refinancing rates) by 5 percentage points, from 20% to 25%. You can get 50% annually on a bank deposit denominated in rubles; consumer credit rates go upward of 70%. You heard me right. I never stop admiring people who can navigate an environment like this. Granted, some go the obvious route and spend their money as fast as they can, while others try to save. But despite the attractive deposit rates, few are willing to trust the banking system. Most of the people just buy foreign currency in cash, really. Almost every new year, rumors about another devaluation start popping up, and people line up at ATMs to withdraw US dollars and euros. At the beginning of this year, the ruble was devalued by 7% in an instant. So Belarusians are natural risk avoiders and natural hedgers. Earning interest is less of a concern; preserving buying power and liquidity is what matters. Most people just buy US dollars and euros, hoping that if one of the two depreciates, the other will move up. Compared to the local currency, they feel more comfortable. Back to your friend, though. Since her main concerns are liquidity and stability, I would recommend she try one of the six Stable Income funds in the Money Forever portfolio. She isn’t mentally prepared to take on risk, so she needs to start slowly and build confidence. As you know, these funds function as cash alternatives. One in particular—a fund we’ve held since November 2012—comes to mind. While it pays a low rate of return, it’s still 80 times more than she’s currently earning. It’s a step in the right direction. Diversification is important, though, so I’d also recommend that she add other vehicles to her portfolio. Her well-being shouldn’t depend on any single position. This idea is easy to understand; my mother totally gets it. Many people of her generation have acted as amateur currency hedgers for the better part of the last decade. I’d start by taking easy steps, allocating some of your friend’s cash into our cash-like investments. While they aren’t as safe as cash or top-quality bonds, the additional returns would have an immediate, positive impact on her savings with minimal default risk. It’s as simple as this. If she earned 4% interest and had a 1% default, her net gain would be 3%—300 times what she’s earning now. When she’s ready, I’d encourage her to buy some stocks, too.Dennis: Chris, where would you suggest she start?Chris Wood: Dennis, you aren’t the only one who gets these types of questions. Once your friends and family learn what you do for a living, it’s natural that they start asking these questions. Much like your friend, they know they should “do something.” They just don’t know how to go about it. I tread carefully here because advising a friend in his or her 30s is much different than advising family elders. But back to your friend—I think Andrey is spot-on. Her primary goal should be preserving capital, but she really does need to go into the market to have any chance of keeping up with inflation, actually growing her nest egg in real terms, and generating enough income to continue to live a long and happy life. A good way to start is to dip your toes into safe, cash-like instruments that provide a better yield than a cash account at a brokerage. Then branch out into dividend-paying stocks that also provide the opportunity for robust capital appreciation (diversified geographically and across sectors, of course). Finally, add in some higher-yield income vehicles, like floating-rate funds, preferred stocks, and even high-quality venture-debt BDCs. This three-tiered approach should provide the capital appreciation and income necessary for her nest egg to live as long as she does, and it should do that as safely as possible. Speaking of safety, as she adds to her positions, she should limit each investment to a small portion (say 2-5%) of her entire portfolio. Other things like rebalancing on a regular basis, using limit orders so she doesn’t buy an investment at a price above what she’s comfortable with, and setting trailing stops to prevent catastrophic losses and lock in gains are important too.Dennis: One of my fears with friends is giving good advice that later goes stale. A decade ago I showed a friend how to set up a CD ladder. He recently mentioned that the process works well but complained about the low interest rates. The advice was good at the time, but it’s not something I’d recommend in today’s market. While I also recall suggesting he work closely with a licensed financial professional, he seems to have forgotten that part. How do you update friends and family? Chris, do you want to go first on this one?Chris: Sure. Unfortunately, there’s no “set it and forget it” way to deal with markets à la the Ronco Rotisserie. Probably the most important thing to communicate to friends and relatives who ask for advice is that it will take some work on their part. Vigilance is paramount. Even if you’re working with a financial professional, it’s important to know what’s going on, because the decisions you’re making now will affect the rest of your life. Obviously, there are cost/benefit tradeoffs in terms how much time you have to dedicate to such things. But in general, the more self-directed you are, the better the outcome. That’s basically the whole reason our organization exists, by the way: to help self-directed investors with unbiased research and analysis.Dennis: Andrey, do you have anything you want to add to Chris’ remarks?Andrey: Sure. As Chris says, it’s important to stay informed about what’s going on around you, both in the economy and on the stock market. The caveat, though, is that there is just too much information around, and most of it is useless. So when people ask me how to become better informed, I recommend consuming less information, not more; however, you have to be selective. Pick a couple of weekly magazines that cover the economy and business from different angles, and you’ll do two things: first, you’ll dramatically reduce the amount of information you need to consume per week; and second, what you read will often be better researched and more comprehensive than the bite-sized, out-of-context crap scattered around the Internet in the form of news and blog posts written with speed in mind, not comprehension. Also, treat all TV as entertainment. So that’s step one. Step two is finding reliable investment advice. Granted, there are excellent people in the business, but they’re often slow to adapt to the changing environment. They keep selling you “100 minus your age,” “60/40,” or other schemes, even though they won’t produce the results you need.Dennis: Okay guys, we’ve talked about putting your toes in the water with the safer, cash-like investments. How do you deal with concerns about the stock market? When we put together the bulletproof income portfolio, we started by asking, “What’s the smallest amount we can put in the market and still safely make enough yield to ensure the money lasts?” With the S&P 500 at all-time highs, the prices of companies like Apple are soaring. It’s pretty hard to say, “Buy high and hope to sell higher.” What are your thoughts in this regard? Andrey?Andrey: I don’t think about the stock market in terms of aggregates; in a sense, I don’t care how expensive the S&P 500 is. What I do care about is helping our subscribers enjoy the opportunities the market brings—and minimizing the risks. The first risk is in following the crowd. Most retail investors tend to hold the same 20-30 stocks in their portfolio: companies they know—or think they know about. This means brands like Apple, Chrysler, Coke, Ford, and now possibly Facebook, since it’s so pervasive. This approach is a losing proposition for two reasons. First, buying what everybody else does is irrational investing. Crowds buying (and then selling) stocks en masse creates volatility and hurts returns. Second, brands are not companies: if you like your Apple computer (or your Ford car or your Diet Coke), it doesn’t mean Apple or Ford or Coke are good investments. Investors should look at companies with as little emotion as possible. I read once that if you’re excited about any of your investments, you’re doing it wrong. Staying objective and disciplined is the way to go. In short, the market does what it wishes while we cut our own path. I think the Money Forever way, with our emphasis on risk management, income, and individual opportunities, is the right one. There are still opportunities out there for great appreciation and returns. It’s a matter of finding them ahead of—and while mostly ignoring—the emotional crowd. When the crowd starts buying is when we start looking to lock in profits. In 2014, we did this in several ways: tightening up stop losses; selling off part of our position; and in the case of HES, selling it all for a nice 78% gain.Dennis: Chris, anything to add?Chris: No, I think Andrey summed that up very nicely.Dennis: Guys, thank you both for chiming in here. To distill it down, there are three basic steps my friend and those in similar predicaments should take: stop doing nothing; start small; and, start now.On the Lighter Side Jo and I are making our way across the country, moving from Florida to Arizona just in time for Chicago Cubs’ spring training. While some friends are surprised by our eagerness to uproot our lives, I say it’s never too late to begin a new adventure with your bride. Until next week…last_img read more

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first_imgRecommended Link Recommended Link LEAKED: Trump’s Plan Will Blow You Away And click here to see how this could impact your retirement — Justin’s note: My friend E.B. Tucker is many things: a gold industry expert, speculator, world traveler, big-picture thinker, former money manager, trend spotter, and successful real estate investor who still profits off the 2008 housing crisis.He’s also the editor of Strategic Investor and our brand-new letter Strategic Trader, which pinpoints the world’s most explosive securities… with the least amount of risk.But one thing E.B.’s not is a worrier. He doesn’t lose any sleep over volatile market conditions because he has a strategy to bullet-proof his portfolio… and he sticks to it.This strategy can help you, too… no matter what happens in the markets. Read on to see how it works… By E.B. Tucker, editor, Strategic TraderI spend 0% of my time worrying about – or preparing for – a crash. Here’s why.I run a “barbell strategy” with my personal assets.Picture a metal bar with weights on it.On one side, I have real assets. These are physical gold, unleveraged property (if you owe on it you don’t own it), and cash value on whole life insurance. These assets are incredibly boring, but they represent real wealth. I think it’s also fair to include some stalwart stocks on this end of the barbell. I also own world-class, dividend-paying stocks. These blue-chip stocks are so boring, I don’t even look up the quotes – they’re not about making huge gains… they’re just equity in big, stable firms.The other side of the barbell is much more exciting and carries more risk. I’m in tons of private placements. I must have done six to eight recently… I have a massive position in a Canadian-listed gold royalty firm where I’m on the board and chair of the executive committee. The takeaway here is I have a lot of very high-risk investments that are paying big for me right now. Even though this is great news for American Patriots like you… Nobody was supposed to see this… But Steve Bannon’s secret whiteboard has just leaked… thanks to this image posted on social media. Check out the message in the back…center_img But these two ends of the barbell must be balanced to avoid catastrophe. When I have ABC mining stock shoot up 300% after I do a placement, I sell half of it, or more. I take that money and split it between the ends of the barbell. I want to keep the real asset side balanced, then keep taking risk with the other side.Real assets are real wealth. That’s why in December 2017, I advised my readers that if they had excessive crypto profits to sell at least the cost basis and buy real assets with it. When the tokens return to their actual value, $0, you’ll have the real assets. In some cases, this could be $50-$100 million for young guys. They should consider buying a massive apartment complex with cash… this can always generate income through rent. As people age they learn real assets are more important than speculative fliers.There are always speculations out there – real assets are much harder to get control of.Over time, you’d be surprised how good this strategy feels. If the stock market takes a 20% dive overnight, I don’t care. I probably won’t buy more… I’d sit back and see what happens in the ensuing weeks, then make a buying decision when everyone is panicking.Keep in mind that in 2009 I liquidated my retirement accounts (modest funds here as I was 29 years old) and bought single-family rental homes in Ybor City, Tampa. I paid $10,000 for one home that had a mortgage on it for $165,000 the year prior. I paid $25,000 for a seven-bedroom home that had a $250,000 mortgage default judgment on it. My point here is… people were panicking and nobody was buying – that’s a market bottom.If I didn’t have some cash then, I would have just been a guy who watched the real estate rot until someone started buying it a year or two later.The third piece of my barbell strategy is the bar. That’s me… My job is to determine what will generate new capital. I have to decide where to put new weight on the bar.I have an office in Tampa shared with two of my friends. They worked at logistics company DHL years ago and came up with an idea related to cross-border shipping fulfillment. They took $20,000 in savings and started a company… seven years later selling it to FedEx for $45 million. FREE REPLAY: The Stock Market Escape Summit with Doug Casey and E.B. TuckerFor a limited time we’re replaying our biggest event of the year. E.B. Tucker and Doug Casey reveal an explosive type of security you’ve probably never heard of. It’s not a stock, option, or crypto… it’s a completely different way to potentially make 1,000%-plus gains in 2019. — Watch the replay here for free The funny thing is, these guys have no clue what to do with money. Worse yet, they’re resistant to any guidance.To be clear, I do not offer guidance to anyone, ever. If people ask, I tell them what I think, which usually makes them uncomfortable. That’s a sign I’m right.One terrible trade my suitemates can’t get enough of is shorting the S&P 500. Their logic is they’ll get a huge payday soon and be able to roll that payday into index funds for the next upcycle.In the meantime, I’m running my barbell strategy producing returns laughably higher than theirs.With so much money, you’d think they’d have a plan, but they don’t. They’re blown around from idea to idea, trying to outsmart the market… Over time, this ends in tears.So, in closing, I’d encourage you to consider my barbell management strategy.Knowing you’ll still be wealthy no matter what the market does will help you sleep soundly in 2019.Regards,E.B. Tucker Editor, Strategic TraderP.S. Right now, I believe it’s a great time to speculate if you have a proper plan.This is exactly the kind of market where “premium shares” thrive. Most average investors have never heard of them. Think of them as a way to capture future gains in a stock (as far out as a decade) without having to fork over a high price for shares.What I find is people who don’t think it’s a good time to speculate just aren’t doing it correctly. A great speculation gives you the chance to turn a small stake into something meaningful. In the case of premium shares, time is on your side. I explain exactly how they work – and how they can hand you gains 10 times bigger than options – here.Reader MailbagDo you spend any time preparing your portfolio for a crash? How do you do it? Let us know at feedback@caseyresearch.com.last_img read more

An activist is seeking election onto Labours ruli

first_imgAn activist is seeking election onto Labour’s ruling national body as part of a campaign to improve the representation of disabled people throughout the party.Sarah Taylor is one of two disabled members of the new Project 125 campaign who are seeking election to Labour’s national executive committee (NEC), which oversees the party’s policy-making process.She said it was “ludicrous” that there were no disabled members of the NEC and its equality committee.Project 125 is seeking to improve the participation and representation of disabled people at all levels of the party, and aims to persuade Labour to select 125 disabled parliamentary candidates to fight the next general election.They say that because 20 per cent of the population are disabled people, the party should select 125 disabled candidates, roughly 20 per cent of Westminster seats. At present, the campaign says, just 0.8 per cent of Labour MPs identify as disabled people.Project 125 is linked to the separate Disability Equality Act Labour (DEAL) campaign, which is pushing the party to implement the Equality Act 2010 in how it treats disabled party members.Taylor (pictured) and fellow Project 125 campaigner Nicola Morrison secured enough support from local Labour constituency parties (CLPs) – Taylor was nominated by 11 local parties and Morrison by seven – to stand as candidates in the NEC election among party members.The election is being held because members agreed at the party’s annual conference in Brighton in September to add three more constituency representatives to the NEC, which currently has 40 members.But the conference also saw calls from DEAL members and others for the party to end years of “blatant discrimination” against its own disabled members, while there were also complaints about “inexcusable” access failings at the conference.Taylor, a former nurse, from Norwich, told Disability News Service (DNS) that Labour was “the party of equality” and its aim was to help disabled people “have a more equal life” and address discrimination.But she said: “I don’t know how we can do that if we haven’t got disabled party members throughout the party.”She said her message to party members deciding who to vote onto the NEC was: “It’s our party, let us in.“Let us be part of it, let us represent ourselves and let us work with all of the Labour party members to actually pursue greater equality for all Labour party members.“We are the party of equality, we are better than all the other parties on that already, but we could be better still.”And she warned that if there were no disabled people on the NEC, the party could not say – as shadow chancellor John McDonnell has promised – that disabled people and their organisations will “go into government just as much as we do”, and that they will “determine” and “implement” the next Labour government’s disability policies.Taylor said: “The fact that 18 CLPs have nominated us between us really does show that the message is getting out there.”But Project 125 is not just about ensuring disabled people are represented in positions within the party, and selected as candidates, she said, but also about ensuring they can participate at the grassroots level.She said it was “the most empowering thing in the world” when her local party makes the reasonable adjustments necessary for her to meet voters on the doorstep.Because of her health condition, she has to carry an emergency injection with her at all times, cannot be left on her own, and needs to take regular breaks.She said: “It’s great, and I feel really good and I feel valued [when those adjustments are made], but when it’s not done well and you’re left stranded on your own, which is quite dangerous, it’s very demoralising.”On occasions, she has been told the local party cannot accommodate her and that she should make phone calls instead, which she said makes her feel “quite worthless”.Taylor said she does not believe discrimination in the party is “widespread”, although “there are cases where people in the party do feel they have been discriminated against because of their disability and that is something we have to take seriously as well”.Many of the problems can be solved by better policies, education and training within the party, she believes.In her pitch to party members, she says: “Despite often having great skills, Labour Party members with disabilities are not equally represented when it comes to positions within the party both locally and nationally and are often excluded and undervalued.”Taylor told DNS that she does not believe she will find it hard to secure votes on a platform that is criticising the party about its attitude to disability.She said Labour was going through a period of “positive change” and the leadership was “encouraging people to become more involved and represent themselves and be part of that positive change.”Voting for the election closes at noon on 12 January 2018.last_img read more